New user? Register here:
Email Address:
Password:
Retype Password:
First Name:
Last Name:
Existing user? Login here:
 
 
News >

Uzbeks find wreckage on return to Kyrgyzstan

Click to enlarge

Going back: ethnic Uzbeks on Tuesday in Osh, on their way back home in Kyrgyzstan

Going back: ethnic Uzbeks on Tuesday in Osh, on their way back home in Kyrgyzstan

HUMANITARIAN aid is beginning to reach the shattered communities of southern Kyrgyzstan, after ethnic clashes forced 100,000 Uzbeks from their homes, and left hundreds dead (News, 18 June).

A global alliance of church development agencies, ACT Alliance, which includes Christian Aid, has started to hand out aid. It has raised $400,000 so far, but is appealing for a further $800,000. ACT members on the ground have criticised the way the government is distributing aid in the region. They say it is poorly co-ordinated, and not impartial.

Violence was first sparked two weeks ago, when there were clashes in the southern city of Osh, where Uzbek areas were razed to the ground. Survivors have told of gangs roaming areas, raping and killing.

The interim government has blamed supporters of the ousted president, Kur­manbek Bakiyev, for starting the violence in an attempt to destabilise the country, but the real cause is still far from clear. The violent clashes have threatened stability across the whole region.

It is feared that the real death toll could be 2000, as many of those killed were buried almost immediately, in the traditional way.

The Barnabas Trust, an aid agency that supports persecuted Christians, said that Christian pastors in the region were now being threatened with violence for helping Uzbeks.

Kyrgyzstan has a majority-Muslim pop­ulation of about 85 per cent. Christians make up fewer than ten per cent. Most are converts from Islam, and come from both the majority Kyrgyz and minority Uzbek pop­ulations.

Kyrgyzstan had reasonable religious free­dom until a repressive Religious Law was passed last year. The interim government had pledged to reform this.

Job of the week

Priest in Charge

Wales

Esgobeath Bangor The Diocese of Bangor Eglwys sy'n Dysgu A Learning Church The Bishop of Bangor wishes to appoint a Priest in Charge of Conwy & Gyffin and Ministry Area Leader Designate Th...  Read More

Signup for job alerts
Top feature

Counting the cost

Counting the cost

Huw Spanner hears tips for people who are interested in banking, investing, and saving more ethically, but who are unsure where to start  Subscribe to read more

Question of the week
Should the UK take in more refugees fleeing Islamic State's terrorists?

To prevent multiple voting, we now ask readers to be logged in. This is free, quick and easy, honestly. Click here to login or register

Top comment

Looking for new funds? Pass the ice-bucket

As charities seek to attract a new generation of donors, they are having to find more targeted methods, reports Nick Jowett  Subscribe to read more

Wed 22 Oct 14 @ 12:05
The Archbishop of York says he is "deeply ashamed" by failure of CofE to protect children https://t.co/4WdTZW1JV3

Wed 22 Oct 14 @ 12:04
An inquiry into allegations of sexual abuse by a former Dean of Manchester has identified "systemic failings" in CofE http://t.co/VuuJ5MG75s